In their chapter, “What are you going to do with that major? An Eportfolio as bridge from the university to the world,” Karen Johnson and Susan Kahn share their attempts to use e-portfolios as a transition from writing in the university to writing in the professional world. Beginning from the common recognition of fear, anxiety, and potential homelessness that many English majors face as they near graduation, they design an e-portfolio curriculum for IUPUI’s Senior Capstone Course that utilizes e-portfolios as a means of presenting a professional self. Designed with the needs of their mostly non-traditional students in mind, their curriculum engages students in a structured presentation of their work as English majors along with sustained reflection which relates their experience within the major to the career paths individual students hope to pursue as well their role as global citizens in a highly networked world. They found that this program relieved many of the anxieties of students and helped them to develop confidence that their work as an English major had indeed developed skills with which they could make a living. Moreover, they demonstrated an increased ability to reflect not only on their experiences, but on their writing and intellectual processes.
Wills and Rice Chapter Five